Brid gran sparks knitting frenzy for grandson going to Afghanistan

Sewerby WI members with the scarves (Back L-R) Anthea, Marian, Beryl and Daphne'(Front L-R) Lilian, Vanna and Elizabeth (president)
Sewerby WI members with the scarves (Back L-R) Anthea, Marian, Beryl and Daphne'(Front L-R) Lilian, Vanna and Elizabeth (president)

A GRANDMOTHER sparked a knitting frenzy after deciding to make scarves for her grandson who is going to Afghanistan this winter.

Eighty-year-old Vanna Homan, or Nana Vanna as she is affectionately known by family and friends, recently began a mission to knit 400 scarves for a group of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Mrs Homan’s grandson, Charlie Baxter, 20, from Bridlington, is a Trooper based in Catterick with the Royal Dragoon Guards, and will be embarking on his second tour of duty later this year.

Originally from Surrey, Mrs Homan, of Wayside Crescent, Bridlington, has been a member of the WI since 1969, and as a young girl knitted scarves for soldiers in World War Two, despite being caught by shrapnel.

She said: “The idea snowballed because I thought I would ask the WI and my friends at Nafferton Wives and the Seaside Stitchers have joined in.”

She said that she hoped the scarves would remind the soldiers of home as well as keeping them warm during the cold Afghan nights.

Charlie startet as a cadet, aged 13, and has recently become an uncle for the second time.

Mrs Homan said: “I’m close to him, and it’s a worry.

“I worry all the time but he loves it, everybody has to find their niche.”

Eighty scarves have already been knitted and donations from other groups are very welcome.

Sewerby WI President, Elizabeth Whitaker, said the scarves will be presented to a soldier from the Royal Dragoon Guard’s welfare office at the group’s September 10 meeting.

She said: “We’ve still got a couple of months and we’d like to have more people getting involved.

“It shows support, that we are supporting the boys themselves.”

The scarves must be in camouflage colours, double knitted with 4mm needles, in a plain knit of 50 stitches, using two 100g balls of wool.

Sewerby WI, which is 30 this year, meets on the second Monday of the month, at 7.30pm in North Bridlington Library.